Northland Adventure

  • 5 Days
  • 14 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Auckland
  • Trip End: Auckland
Northland Discovery 'Kikorangi' Trip

Immerse yourself in the North Island's nature and culture

Auckland to Auckland Kikorangi, meaning deep blue sky, is a fitting name for an adventure exploring the area with the second bluest sky in the world! Don't believe us? Come see for yourself. Take 5 days to hike, cruise, snorkel and kayak with us around the North Island.

Northland Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Auckland Trip End: Auckland
  • Day 1Arrive, journey north, Waipoua Forest and Footprints tour

  • Day 2Te Pouahi Reserve, hike Puketi Forest, Bay of Islands

  • Day 3Hike Cape Brett

  • Day 4Cruise Poor Knights Islands, snorkel or kayak

  • Day 5Hike Northland coastline

  • Day 1

    Arrive, journey north, Waipoua Forest and Footprints tour

    #1095

    Starting in Auckland city, we'll hit the road and make our way along the banks of the Wairoa River, heading north to Waipoua Forest. As a gentle introduction to our adventure together we’ll stretch our legs in Waipoua Forest, where the birdlife is abundant and the trees are sleeping giants. From Waipoua we’ll continue our journey north, passing through the west coast settlement of Opononi. A laid-back town in the heart of the Hokianga Harbour, Opononi was made famous in the mid-1950s by the tame dolphin, Opo, who used to let children ride on his back! We’ll arrive in time to eat together, and then we’ll retrace our steps to Waipoua Forest for an evening walk, joined by local Maori guides. We’ll be greeted with a powerful waiata, a sacred Maori chant, and wander through the colossal kauri trees. We’ll visit the mighty Tane Mahuta, meaning Lord of the Forest. At a height of 51.2 metres (168 feet), and with a trunk girth of 13.7 metres (45 feet), this colossus is the largest known living kauri tree in New Zealand.
    Copthorne Hokianga, Hokianga Harbour (Lunch, dinner)

    Hiking Distance: Relaxed stroll, 3 hours roughly

  • Day 2

    Te Pouahi Reserve, hike Puketi Forest, Bay of Islands

    #1096

    Today’s adventures begin with a water taxi across the Hokianga Harbour. The harbour is of great historical significance to New Zealand, as one of the first points of Maori and European contact. We’ll be walking the sand dunes at Te Pouahi Recreation Reserve, home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in New Zealand. If you’re keen on the fast route down the dunes, we’ll also have a few sandboards in tow! Later in the afternoon, we’ll make our way across the island to Puketi Forest, a diverse, ancient kauri forest with over 360 indigenous plant species, many of which are unique to the region. Afterwards we’ll make our way over to Paihia, dubbed ‘The Jewel of the Bay of Islands’ , this bustling seaside town is the heart of the bay and will be our resting place for the night.
    Paihia Lodgings, Paihia (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 1.6 kilometres (1 mile), 1 hour
    Elevation Gain: 20 metres (65 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 20 metres (65 feet)

  • Day 3

    Hike Cape Brett

    #1097

    After breakfast we’ll take another water taxi, this time heading out to Deep Water Cove, where we’ll embark on a ridgeline hike through the Manawahuna Scenic Reserve, finishing at Cape Brett. This 3-4-hour hike offers magnificent coastal scenery with dramatic cliff-faces, native bush and abundant birdlife. On a good day it’s also a great opportunity to see for yourself the region’s claim to the second bluest sky in the world! If we’re lucky, we may have the opportunity to spot dolphins and seals from our vantage point high on the clifftops! If you’d prefer to take it easy this morning there are plenty of other options for activities around the Bay of Islands. Just have a chat to our guides and they'll help arrange something else for the morning. 
    Tutukaka Lodgings, Tutukaka (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 5 kilometres (3 miles), 3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 473 metres (1550 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 473 metres (1550 feet)

  • Day 4

    Cruise Poor Knights Islands, snorkel or kayak

    #1098

    This morning we’ll wake up our legs with an early morning stroll before boarding a purpose-built boat for a cruise to the Poor Knights Islands, the remains of a group of ancient volcanoes. Due to the Islands’ incredible wealth of biodiversity, it became a marine reserve in the early 1980s, making it the second oldest marine reserve in New Zealand. This sub-tropical environment is an important conservation area for many marine species. Whales, dolphins and orca can often be spotted here, as well as a myriad of fish species. Make sure remember to look up too, as you’re likely to spot flocks of petrels, shearwaters and gannets, many of which nest exclusively on the Islands. We’ll also be visiting the largest sea cave in the world named Riko Riko, meaning twinkling or glistening light in Te Reo. You’ll learn all about the history of the Poor Knights Islands, including their occupation by ancient Maori. You’ll have the chance to explore the islands under your own steam, either with a snorkel and mask or by kayak. If you’re a keen scuba diver and you feel like exploring a little deeper, you can upgrade to diving. There is an additional fee which covers all the necessary gear. This option must be arranged in advance, so please let the team know well ahead of time.
    Tutukaka Lodgings, Tutukaka (All meals)

  • Day 5

    Hike Northland coastline

    #1099

    For our last day together we’ll follow the winding coastal road south to Waipu, a small settlement with a strong Scottish heritage dating back to the 1850s. With a friendly small-town vibe, Waipu is the perfect spot to stretch our legs and relax. When we're done exploring Waipu, we’ll hit the road again and make our way down the coast to Mangawhai Heads for our last hike. Unique rock formations and panoramic views characterise this trail, which offers magnificent photo opportunities. The Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway is one of the most stunning cliff-top walks in New Zealand. We’ll pass through shady bush, under pohutukawa trees and finish along the beach. After lunch, we’ll continue south from Mangawhai Heads back to Auckland, where we’ll say our goodbyes and end our time together.
    (Breakfast, lunch)

    Hiking Distance: 5 kilometres (3 miles), 3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 40 metres (130 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 40 metres (130 feet)

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If your plans change or you decide to travel to another destination, you can change your trip to any of our departures in any destination or request a refund (less deposit) up to 90 days out from your original trip start date.

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What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 14 guests, plus two experienced Active Adventures guides.

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Auckland airport (AKL) at 9am or the Sudima Hotel in Auckland central at 9:45am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Auckland if you arrive before the first day, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Auckland Airport (AKL) in time for flights below or anywhere in Central Auckland in the late afternoon/early evening.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: If you're flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving in Auckland by 7am.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Auckland any time after 6pm for domestic and 7pm for international. If you are considering alternative flight times, please check with us.

How much luggage can I bring on this trip?

You’ll need one piece of luggage on your trip, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage can be anything from a backpack, to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase and a good quality daypack 25-30 litres (2000 cubic inches) to use throughout the days.

Tell me about the Poor Knights Islands day?

While cruising at the Poor Knights Islands we spend the day snorkelling and kayaking. There's also an opportunity for you to do one or two scuba dives in this fantastic marine reserve. 

All shapes and sizes of wetsuits are provided, which are two-piece 7mm wetsuits with long arms and legs. You’re welcome to bring your own if you prefer. We also provide booties, fins, mask, snorkel, BCD (buoyancy control), tanks with weights, and a regulator with a computer. If you are certified to dive then please bring along your PADI certification card, and there is an option to dive if you have never done it before too. Note; for the beginner diving, this is an average depth of 12 metres, and minimum age is 10 years.

You have the choice of the following dive options:

  • One dive for certified diver
  • One dive for beginner diver
  • Two dives for certified diver on special diving trip

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